The Walking Dead Season 9: What's About to Go Down?

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The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.

It will feature the final run of episodes by Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, as the actor shocked fans by announcing his departure from the beloved series this summer.

"I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show," Lincoln said at Comic-Con in July, adding at the time:

"I promise not to cry, I've done enough crying on screen. I'm particularly fond of the people who watch this show...

"This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career, and largely, because of you guys and the relationship we have here with you in this room and also rooms across America and the rest of the world."

Will Rick be killed off? It's very safe to assume.

But we get no indication in the official AMC synopsis of just how Rick will say goodbye.

Scroll down for a look at how the network is teasing the upcoming season; via this official summary and then a bevy of gorgeous character photos...

1. The Synopsis Begins as Follows...

The Synopsis Begins as Follows...
Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group...

2. It Continues:

It Continues:
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors...

3. And It Continues:

And It Continues:
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

4. Ready for a Look at the Main Players?

Ready for a Look at the Main Players?
AMC has shared the following collection of pretty awesome character/actor/actress photos in anticipation of Season 9. Check them out below!

5. Ross Marquand as Aaron

Ross Marquand as Aaron

6. Lauren Cohan as Maggie

Lauren Cohan as Maggie

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